SNES Tips

This page shows some random tips for SNES systems. Rather then create a page for each, I thought it would be easier to put them all on one page. Let me know if you have any other great tips I haven't listed yet:

 


Loose Cartridge Lever on SNES 1

If your cartridge release lever isn't as firm as it used to be, you can simply move the spring slightly over. I find moving it just this tiny bit makes a huge difference:

 

NTSC-J cartridges on NTSC Systems:

You can play Japanese Super Famicom cartridges on a North American SNES (or SNES Mini), simply by cutting two tabs inside the cartridge slot. This will not allow you to play PAL games on an NTSC SNES, but it will let you play all NTSC-J games, as well as use the Super Game Boy 2:

 

SNES DC/DC Converter Replacement:

I'd like to thank Peter / Borti4938 for passing along this tip! The large metal plate inside your SNES & SNES Mini systems is there to act as a heat sink. If you'd like to remove it to make room for mods, or if you simply need a new DC/DC converter, you can try using this as a replacement:  http://www.digikey.com/product-detail/en/0/811-2196-5-ND

I let it run all day long with no heatsink and it didn't even get hot!  Pasky from the Shmups forums pointed out that it's possible this regulator will introduce switching noise into the 5V rail because it's a SMPS (switching noise will usually look like a diagonal wave going in one direction over the video signal, and then going back to the other direction and repeating).  I've tested this on a few SNES' and never saw it myself, but I thought I'd post the info.  Click on the picture below for a full-size picture of it installed in a SNES Mini:

 

SNES Component Video Out:

Some older SNES' can be modded to output component video. I prefer using the 1CHIP or Mini versions in RGB, but here's a link if you're interested:
http://www.racketboy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=37716&sid=b4a60571f5a426020271bbe450044ff3

As an FYI, if you're just looking for component video output, using teh HDRetrovision cables are an easier choice:  http://www.hdretrovision.com/snes/

 


That's it for now. I'll try to add more.

Feel free to go back to the main SNES page.  If you'd like info on mods for other systems, head to the Getting RGB From Each System page or check out the main page for more retro-awesomeness.